Environmental Damages Fund – May 18, 2017

Environmental Damages Fund

May 18, 2017

OTTAWA – Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform residents of a call for applications to the new Environmental Damages Fund through Environment and Climate Change Canada. The program is making $130,741 available in Alberta to support projects that help to restore or enhance the environment, conduct environmental research, and provide public education on environmental issues.

In Alberta, there are two types of funding available. The federal government has made $20,000 available for projects aimed at preventing pollution and/or protecting the environment.

Additionally, $110,741 is available for projects which promote the proper management and control of fisheries or fish habitat, and/or the conservation and protection of fish or fish habitat in Alberta. Preference for this funding will be given to projects in the Athabasca watershed or adjacent watersheds in Alberta, and in the North Saskatchewan River Watershed.

“I am pleased to see the federal government investing in areas of our riding where environmental damage may have occurred along the North Saskatchewan River Watershed,” stated MP Eglinski.

Eligible applicants include: non-governmental organizations; academic institutions; indigenous organizations; and provincial, territorial and municipal governments. The deadline for projects in Alberta is July 28, 2017. Priority funding will be given to projects that restore the natural environment and conserve wildlife.

“I encourage all those interested in this program, especially those along the North Saskatchewan River, to apply. Let’s ensure that our riding of Yellowhead continues to represent the best of Alberta’s beauty,” concluded MP Eglinski.

Information on the application process can be found at www.ec.gc.ca/edf-fde/.

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